Explore the world in one single place at Expo 2020 Dubai, which is all set to begin on October 1, 2021.
Each participating country is set to have its own pavilion at the Expo with immersive experiences that are quite out of the ordinary.
Highlighting some of the most innovative pavilions, Emirates Woman has created a list of what to keep an eye on when you visit the Expo 2020 site.
Take a journey through UAE’s past, present and future with this four-storey pavilion designed by Spanish architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava. The pavilion’s central theme is “wings that depict the flow of movement” which is what the hybrid roof structure portrays. The shell and portal frame is composed of 28 wings and symbolizes the UAE’s daring spirit. By representing the history of falconry, this sustainable pavilion uses photovoltaic (PV) panels for its roof structure.
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Being the second-largest pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai with a total area of 13,059 sqm, this innovative space has the world’s biggest interactive floor with 7,798 lights. This marvellous structure is already home to three Guinness World Records, with its state-of-the-art architecture shedding light on the rich cultural heritage of the Kingdom. The 68-metre LED screen fitted inside the pavilion will reflect five ecosystems ranging from seas to mountains, exploring the Rub Al Khali desert and the Empty Quarter. The pavilion has been awarded with a Platinum rating in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) by the US Green Building Council (USGBC).
Offering an immersive virtual landscape, Kuwait’s Pavilion offers new opportunities for sustainability as an ambitious gateway to the future. Designed by architect Marco Pestalozza, the fascinating façade embodies Kuwait’s nature and energy through its design. Guests will also have an opportunity to indulge in authentic Kuwaiti dishes rich in flavour, aromas and spices. Several elements of the Kuwaiti culture such as music, songs and poetry have been infused to experience through activations.
Designed to pay homage to frankincense, this pavilion connects minds across time and space with augmented and mixed reality technology. With frankincense being valued for the past 5,000 years, its journey is reinterpreted through a modern mechanism. Bringing the Sultanate’s story to life, visitors can pass through five different zones to see how frankincense has been deeply rooted in its story.
Created using Czech innovations, this pavilion is impressed as fertile land is created in the barren conditions of the desert by extracting water vapour from the air. Bringing the desert to life, this unique two-storey pavilion is designed by the Czech architecture studio, Formosa AA. Formulated to keep in mind varying topics such as water, design, technology and universities, this exhibition will champion the newly designed arenas of Czech companies.
With a hands-on digital experience for all those who visit, this pavilion will focus on German innovations and sustainable solutions. Focusing on recycling initiatives, there will be a large emphasis on ideas for a cleaner, greener world. Visitors will learn through the ‘Campus Germany’ system, where on arrival one can enrol in a curriculum that best suits their interests. Mirroring the real-life-campus experience students can also participate in an exhilarating ceremony in the Graduation Hall.
Transporting you to the picturesque countryside of the Netherlands, this pavilion is nothing short of magnificent. From solar-powered rain showers to the flooring being made from fungi, a series of innovative elements have been infused into the pavilion. The lounge is made from mycelium, with a biodegradable curtain produced using corn, sugar cane and cassava. By leaving a lighter carbon footprint, this out-of-the-box pavilion is focused on grave environmental problems with effective solutions. Several unique mechanisms are also implemented such as capturing moisture from the atmosphere and repurposed material to create eco-friendly flooring.
This pavilion was designed to inspire connections with a kinetic façade made from a unique architectural mesh called kaynemaile. This locomotive structure brings the building to life, ensuring an immersive experience from the start. The ‘living’ mechanism reinforces the New Zealand pavilion’s theme of “Care for People and Place.” Built to focus on how humans and nature and inextricably connected, the pavilion is based on kaitiakitanga, which means guardianship and protection. The façade visual effect is designed by the popular Kayne Horsham, who’s known for his kinetic works.
From immersive 4D virtual displays to a glowing exterior, this pavilion will focus on the country’s rich biological diversity. An interactive exhibition entitled ‘Timeless Peru’ will feature a sensory experience where visitors can delve into the history and of the culture and its roots. Visitors can also relish Peruvian superfoods in the changing light of culinary delights at the pavilion to promote the country’s national cuisine.
Highlighting Australia’s optimism and creativity, this pavilion echoes distinctive architecture through its design. With vertical aluminium panels used to create a large cloud, the dynamic display highlights the country’s thunderous skies. Ensure that sustainability continues to be at the forefront of this structure, cross-laminated timber (CLT) is used for the terrain and it is sustainably sourced and dismantled to avoid any wastage.
This net-zero energy pavilion explores the journey towards liveability and resilience as guests can immerse into this urban innovation representing the country, From a three-dimensional green space to a spectacular hanging garden, visitors can stroll along this undulating landscape and experience Singapore’s lush fauna. With a solar canopy and draped garden cones, all those who visit can enjoy the multitude of orchid species.
Created in collaboration with Cartier, the women’s pavilion focuses on the important principle ‘When women thrive, all of humanity thrives.’ Designed to celebrate women change-makers around the globe, the pavilion focuses on women’s empowerment and gender equality which is what the UAE is based on. The French architect Laura Gonzalez has taken references from Cartier and embodied them into the pavilion. The pavilion will feature a Majlis, a vibrant and inclusive space for everyone with a solution-oriented conversation on women’s empowerment.
Terra – The Sustainability Pavilion
Designed with 4,912 solar panels on Terra, this pavilion has one of the most fascinating structures which can produce enough electricity to charge more than 900,000 mobile phones per year. Using an innovative irrigation system, the greywater recycling system reduces water in the landscape by 75 per cent. By paving new eco-friendly paths, this system meets the highest accreditation for sustainable architecture. Designed by UK-based Grimshaw architects, the pavilion lets guests embark on a journey to protect the planet.
With the future of commercial aviation at the helm of this pavilion, guests can witness a unique nightly show, dive into an immersive experience in the world of cabin interiors and experience a redefined flying experience. Delving into the basic principles of aerodynamics and aviation will allow visitors to understand how fast different technologies adapt to the skies.
With only eight days to go, staying up to date with all the latest rules and regulations will ensure the entire Expo 2020 journey is seamless. We’ve created a detailed guide of what to keep in mind before you visit this magnificent event in Dubai.
All the pavilions are open from 10am to 10pm and for more information on all the visit expo2020dubai.com
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